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Reports, Submissions and Applied Research

Education is critical to the future economic prosperity of Australia. Sound policy and regulatory settings are a key component of developing a high quality, world-class sector that delivers skills industries need. For this reason TAFE Queensland actively engages in policy discussions at state and national levels, and develops evidence-based reports and submissions for major consultation processes. In addition, TAFE Queensland also proactively seeks out opportunities to complete research and analysis that will inform the future direction of the sector.

2018 reports and submissions

The importance of TAFE Queensland to Queensland's prosperity

In 2018, TAFE Queensland commissioned KPMG to develop a report to calculate the organisation's impact to the Queensland economy and evaluate how it supported industries and communities throughout the state.

The report found TAFE Queensland delivered an economic benefit of $1.8 billion to Gross State Product (GSP) in 2017, with every $1.00 spent supporting $2.55 of value-added in the Queensland economy.

2016 reports and submissions

The VET Era

Vocational Education and Training (VET) has played a critical role in building Australia's workforce over many decades. It also ensures that the nation's workforce has the skills to support the shifting economy as it has transitioned from a focus on agriculture, to manufacturing, to mining, and now to the service and health industries. THE VET ERA: Equipping Australia's workforce for the future digital economy explores what skills we will need in the future.


Commonwealth Pre-Budget Submission

TAFE Queensland welcomed the Honourable Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister to the Treasurer’s invitation for pre-budget submissions to inform the budget process. This submission seeks to provide TAFE Queensland’s views on a range of issues that are currently confronting the further education and training sector.

Innovation and Creativity Inquiry

TAFE Queensland welcomed Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training's request for the Standing Committee on Education and Employment to inquire into and report on matters that ensure Australia’s tertiary system can meet the needs of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity.


Redesigning VET FEE-HELP

This submission responds to consultation on the Commonwealth Government’s redesign of the VET FEE-HELP program. It specifically seeks to address the questions posed by the Commonwealth and where appropriate provide general comment on the program and possible future reforms which would support its long term sustainability and enhance its contribution to student access to education.

Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education

This submission responds to consultation on the Commonwealth Government’s proposed reform of Higher Education. It specifically seeks to address discussion points raised through the Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education discussion paper, and focuses areas of particular interest to TAFE Queensland.


Department of Education and Training's Queensland VET Quality Framework

This submission provides TAFE Queensland’s response to consultation on the Department of Education and Training’s Draft Queensland VET Quality Framework.

2015 reports and submissions

NPA Evaluation

The Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Industry and Skills Council decision to review the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform (NPA) represents an opportunity for the vocational education and training sector (VET) to engage in planning for the future direction of the sector.    


Queensland Training Assets Management Authority (QTAMA) Repeal Legislation

The purpose of this submission is to inform the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s review and report to the Legislative Assembly on the Queensland Training Assets Management Authority (QTAMA) Repeal Bill 2015.


Applied research

TAFE Queensland has proven capability and capacity to facilitate innovation and knowledge transfer. Through our industry-aligned courses and geographical reach, we develop the skill sets and entrepreneurial minds of our students; our future employees and employers. Innovation provides significant advantages to industries, communities, businesses, and the economy. As the largest and most experienced VET provider in Queensland, we play a vital role in our national and state innovation agendas.

Applied research portfolio

ARIES Case Studies 2016 features 20 examples of our educators working with employers and within communities. These case studies demonstrate collaborations between our educators, learners and employers within local communities across Queensland. It marks a starting point in naming our applied research efforts and promoting our strong partnerships with employers small and large.


Praxis 2016: Improving Education Practice Through Action Research features nine case studies from the 2015 Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR) program. These case studies demonstrate scholarly reflective practice across a variety of themes, including blended learning, technology utilisation, workplace learning, and sustainability.


TAFE Queensland ARIES: working with business, industry and communities to solve problems and improve productivity.


HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipelines are critical infrastructure in the coal seam gas industry. During a testing phase, a leak in a HDPE pipe was identified. The leak was found to be a result of poor welding practices. TAFE Queensland developed an enhanced training program to ensure that the risk of a leak and subsequent economic loss were minimised.


In 2010 the nursing sector was challenged by major regulatory reform relating to scope of practice and high numbers of nurse requirements. Through observing, reflecting, planning and acting, TAFE Queensland helped provide a solution.


Santos GLNG diversified into Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) sector. It urgently needed a workforce with new skills. TAFE Queensland helped develop the solution: the establishment of Australia’s first specialised CSG and gas transmission pipeline operations training centre.


Job growth is coming from small to medium sized businesses (SMEs). However Australia significantly lags other countries in bringing new ideas to market. TAFE Queensland students now work with startups to help owners on the journey from idea to business.


Annual reports

TAFE Queensland annual reports provide an overview of our activities, achievements and financial statements for the previous financial year.